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Falls prevention signs to be installed at Hawkin’s House


September 21, 2011

Senior citizens try out excercises that will help them to keep their balance and avoid falls.

Falling is a common and serious problem among older adults, however not an inevitable one. Simple steps taken now to improve your strength and balance will help you avoid falls now and into the future.

On Friday, Sept. 16, Lake Stevens Fire and Snohomish County Falls Prevention Coalition partenered to host a ribbon cutting celebration for newly developed “Keeping Your Balance” signs at senior living facility, Hawkin’s House. This celebration came one week before National Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

Lake Stevens Fire Public Educator Alison Caton explained, “The ‘Keeping Your Balance’ signs illustrate simple exercises that can be done quickly and easily. A handrail installed directly under the posted signs will encourage persons to actually perform the exercises right then and there.”

“Our hope is that people will make use of the signs to help build strength and balance thus decreasing the number of falls in our communities,” said Tim Mierau, Chair of the Snohomish County Falls Prevention Coalition.

Signs are lightweight, easily installed and cost effective. Anyone interested in attending the event or interested in how they might be able to get a set of “Keeping Your Balance” signs for a senior complex can contact Jan Skidmore at

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